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'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman


Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a fairytale with an adult twist, telling stories of witches,ghosts, unicorns and a rather feisty star, called Yvainne, who is causing a lot of commotion in the world of Faerie.


Stardust is set in between two fictional worlds of Wall, an old Victorian English village, and the neighbouring magical world of Faerie, which is only accessible by a gap in a huge wall built around it. The people of Wall guard the gap to stop people passing over from the two worlds and stop any magical mayhem occurring, with the exception of a market that comes around every nine years, where the two worlds have the freedom to mingle at their own leisure whilst perusing the market stalls. Sounds complicated but it is very clear in the book and easy to follow!

Stardust follows the quest of Tristran Thorn, a young man from Wall, and his journey over to Faerie to find, and bring back, a fallen star for the love of his life Victoria. the only problem is that when Tristran finds his fallen star, it turns out that she is a young woman called Yvainne who is pretty mad about having fallen from the sky and makes Tristran's journey back home rather difficult. Little to her or Tristran's knowledge, Yvainne is wanted goods and already has a few dark characters on the hunt for her.

I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's work so I couldn't wait to read this novel. I already knew most of the story as it was the inspiration behind the 2007 film of the same title, which I obsessed over when it came out.  This did mean, however, that I had high expectations of the book. I'm pleased that my expectations were exceeded and I instantly fell in love with this book. I love the idea that Gaiman has created a fairy story for adults (trust me - there is adult content in this book!) and still entwined old, traditional fairy stories and myths into this modern tale. It all seems realistic, despite it being a fantasy novel, and I felt like I could just step across from my home town and into Faerie to meet the witches and princes described in the book. I love that Wall is Victorian-esque too - I think that is such a nice detail to help the reader really picture the inhabitants of the town and their lifestyle.

It is quite a short book and at some points I wish there was a bit more detail. I felt like some plot twists would be resolved rather abruptly after having been built up in detail however this wasn't enough to put me off reading the story. I was left wanting to know more about the characters once the book finished so I hope that eventually Gaiman will write a sequel! I highly recommend this book if you love fairy tales and childhood stories - Stardust provides this aspect with adult themes and dilemmas so this book will satisfy your craving for make-believe when you grow up!
 
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